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Prince Buaben produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Liam Craig results in a free kick. Liam Craig is given a yellow card. David Goodwillie takes the free kick.
Steven Anderson is booked.
Steven Anderson receives a yellow card.
Steven Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Goodwillie. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by David MacKay, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.
Andis Shala is brought on as a substitute for Garry Kenneth.
Scott Robertson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
The referee shows Jon Daly a yellow card for dissent. Prince Buaben receives a caution for dissent.
Murray Davidson goes off and Liam Craig comes on.
Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
Marcus Haber produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Steven Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie. Steven Anderson goes into the book. Jody Morris is shown a yellow card. Michael Duberry is cautioned by the ref for dissent. Shot comes in from Paul Dixon from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Anderson on David Goodwillie. The referee cautions Jody Morris for dissent. Michael Duberry is shown a yellow card for dissent. Paul Dixon produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is crossed by David MacKay, David Goodwillie manages to make a clearance.
David Goodwillie crosses the ball, save by Peter Enckelman.
The offside flag is raised against David Goodwillie. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Steven Anderson, David Goodwillie gets a block in.
Marcus Haber crosses the ball, Jon Daly makes a clearance.
Steven Anderson on for Alan Maybury. (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Marcus Haber coming on for Andrew Jackson.
Unfair challenge on David MacKay by David Goodwillie results in a free kick. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
David Goodwillie gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Dundee Utd 1-0 St Johnstone.
Corner taken by Paul Dixon played to the near post, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Prince Buaben concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Millar. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the left by-line, Header by Murray Davidson from just outside the area goes over the net.
Foul by Prince Buaben on Chris Millar, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Grainger. Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Grainger misses to the left of the target. Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Murray Davidson has a header from just outside the area which clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Prince Buaben on Chris Millar. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick. Daniel Grainger has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright. Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Grainger, Headed effort from just outside the penalty area by Murray Davidson goes over the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Inswinging corner taken by David MacKay, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.
David Robertson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Daniel Grainger takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Grainger.
The ball is sent over by Alan Maybury.
Corner taken by Paul Dixon.
David Goodwillie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half, clearance by Scott Severin.
Darren Dods crosses the ball, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Scott Robertson coming on for Morgaro Gomis.
Daniel Grainger takes the outswinging corner, David Robertson makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Dixon, clearance made by Alan Maybury.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
David Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Foul by Jody Morris on Prince Buaben, free kick awarded. Prince Buaben restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Daly. Scott Severin restarts play with the free kick.
Jon Daly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David MacKay takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Jackson is caught offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by David MacKay.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.
The referee cautions David MacKay for dissent.
Morgaro Gomis goes into the book.
Morgaro Gomis concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Jackson takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Morris by David Robertson. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Sam Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. Scott Severin takes the free kick.
Jon Daly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.
Corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Alan Maybury on David Goodwillie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on David MacKay. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from just outside the box by David Goodwillie goes over the bar.
Effort on goal by Murray Davidson from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Parkin. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Foul by Garry Kenneth on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Effort from 35 yards by Paul Dixon went wide right of the goal.
Booking for Chris Millar for dissent.
Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon, Jody Morris manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Paul Dixon from the right by-line. Clearance by Chris Millar.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Daly. Morgaro Gomis restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on Alan Maybury. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, save by Peter Enckelman.
The game gets underway.
United in bullish mood
Dundee United's extra-time victory at Ross County has boosted spirits at Tannadice ahead of Saturday's Tayside derby with St Johnstone, according to manager Peter Houston.
United were forced to play an extra 30 minutes of their Co-operative Insurance Cup third-round clash with Ross County in Dingwall as the hosts netted an 86th-minute equaliser. Houston's side prevailed, however, courtesy of a 101st-minute own goal.
The result - United's second win of the season - provided a welcome lift ahead of the clash with Saints at Tannadice.
"Morale has been boosted by winning at Ross County," said Houston. "They were chirpy yesterday and singing in the dressing room and having a bit of banter - that's what a win does for you.
"It does lift the spirits again. I don't care if it was against a First Division team or a Third Division team - you have to go to Ross County and win the match and we did.
"I'm not saying it was our best performance - nowhere near it - but with their effort and application I think we deserved the win."
St Johnstone make the short journey east from Perth having won their last two matches - a 2-1 defeat of St Mirren last Saturday and Tuesday's 3-0 cup success over Queen of the South.
Houston was at McDiarmid Park to see Saints score three goals in quick succession in the second half against Queens and is wary of Derek McInnes' men.
Houston added: "St Johnstone, after getting their first win last week, going on to get a good result against Queen of the South, will come here confident.
"Any matches we've had with St Johnstone over the last couple of years have been very, very close-fought affairs.
"I don't think there has been much between the teams. I'm expecting a tough fixture, but in derby matches anything can happen."
Defender Garry Kenneth will be given until Saturday morning to prove his fitness after training today. Kenneth has missed the two fixtures with a calf injury.
Barry Douglas (ankle) is definitely out, but Danny Swanson (hamstring) and Craig Conway (knee) are nearing returns, although tomorrow's match may come too soon for them.
Houston was not unduly concerned his side will be fatigued tomorrow by playing 120 minutes in midweek.
He added: "You always like to try to freshen things up, but they're an honest bunch, they give their lot every single week and if any of them get left out they would hate to get left out.
"But I've still to decide on two or three positions in the team."
Andy Jackson is back in the St Johnstone squad for the encounter.
Scott Dobie (hamstring) and Steven Milne (knee) are absent, while the game comes too soon for Martin Hardie and Peter MacDonald, who both came through a behind-closed-doors game in midweek.
Goodwillie winner boosts United
Dundee United secured their second Clydesdale Bank Premier League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over St Johnstone in a fiery Tayside derby.
David Goodwillie scored the only goal of the game when he reacted quickest to turn a loose ball home after a Paul Dixon corner in the 61st minute.
The result was harsh on the visitors, who over the course of the match created the better opportunities but could find no way past Dusan Pernis.
United made one change from the side that beat Ross County in Wednesday's Co-operative Insurance Cup clash.
Defender Garry Kenneth recovered from a calf injury to take his place at the heart of the United defence with Scott Robertson dropping to the bench.
St Johnstone, looking for a third successive victory following wins over St Mirren and Queen of the South, made two changes. Midfielder Chris Millar and striker Andrew Jackson, returning after sustaining a head knock last week, were preferred to Liam Craig and Collin Samuel.
United began brightly with a flurry of early corners. But it was the visitors who had the best chance of the opening exchanges when Jennison Myrie-Williams, playing against his former club for the first time since moving to Perth a fortnight ago, opted to shoot when a pass seemed the better option. Sean Dillon was well positioned to make a comfortable block.
Myrie-Williams created another opportunity after 13 minutes, sprinting down the wing before producing an inviting centre which Pernis punched only as far as Murray Davidson, who failed to keep his effort under the crossbar.
Jackson was gifted a sight of goal after 28 minutes when Dixon's miscued clearance fell kindly for the Saints player but Pernis made an instinctive stop.
A Dave Mackay corner was headed over by Michael Duberry just after the half-hour mark as the visitors continued to boss proceedings.
United came back into the match and Peter Enckelman, the Saints goalkeeper, was fortunate to gather a powerful Goodwillie effort at the second attempt.
United boss Peter Houston made a change at the break with Senegalese midfielder Morgaro Gomis, who had been having a quiet game, replaced by Robertson.
The visitors almost broke the deadlock within five minutes of the restart when Sam Parkin outjumped Darren Dods to head Danny Grainger's cross goalwards but the Englishman's effort just cleared the crossbar.
Grainger, also playing against his former club, drew a fantastic save from Pernis after 56 minutes with a well-struck free-kick that was destined for the top corner. From the resulting set-piece Duberry inexplicably volleyed over from six yards out with the goal at his mercy.
United made the breakthrough after 61 minutes from an inswinging Dixon corner. The Saints defence managed to block efforts by Dods and Prince Buaben but the loose ball fell kindly for Goodwillie, who made no mistake in prodding the ball past Enckelman.
A foul on Goodwillie by substitute Steven Anderson sparked a melee on the edge of the Saints' penalty area which resulted in bookings for Jody Morris, Duberry, Buaben and Jon Daley.
Dixon's low drive from the resulting free-kick was well kept out by Enckelman.
The visitors almost equalised when substitute Marcus Haber's header was acrobatically kept out by Pernis.
In an enforced United change Andis Shala came on for Kenneth who was carried off with an injury following an aerial tussle with Haber.
The match ended in controversy when referee Brian Winter appeared to show Anderson a second yellow card but it was not followed by a red and the defender remained on the pitch for the closing stages.
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